Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Power of Attorney

Disability: Maintaining Control by Planning Ahead
University of Alabama Law School Legal Counsel for the Elderly External

Gives information about powers of attorney and living trusts.

Draw Up Powers of Attorney
United States Department of State External

Explains the two types of power of attorney and includes a power of attorney check list.

Guardianships and Conservatorships
University of Alabama Law School Legal Counsel for the Elderly External

Provides a short introduction to guardianships and conservatorships.

Guardianship or Power of Attorney: Which One Do You Need?
Wake Forest University School of Law – The Elder Law Clinic External

Compares guardianship and power of attorney.

Instructions and Sample Forms for Individuals Seeking Guardianship without an Attorney
The City University of New York School of Law—Elder Law Clinic External

Instructional packet created to assist individuals, who cannot afford an attorney, with guardianship proceedings. Includes links to resources and forms.

Legal Battles over Parental Guardianship
National Public Radio External

Explores legal battles over parental guardianship from the perspective of legal, historical, and personal stories.

Managing Someone Else’s Money
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau External

Guides introduce the concepts of power of attorney, court-appointed guardianship, trustees, and government fiduciaries. State-specific guides are also available. Download as a PDF or order print copies online for free.

National Guardianship Association, Inc. External

Features information on rights that may be affected by guardianship, alternatives to guardianship, education, and resources on how to find a guardian.

Navigating Power of Attorney: How to Help Loved Ones Manage Their Money External

Gives basic information on power of attorney.

Wills and Advanced Directives

Advance Health Care Directives
University of Alabama Law School Legal Counsel for the Elderly External

Provides a brief introduction to advance health care directives.

Download Your State’s Advance Directives
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization External

Provides links to advance directives in PDF format by state. Also includes glossary of terms and information on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).

Getting Your Affairs in Order
National Institute on Aging External

Offers guide to getting your papers and affairs in order.

Law for Seniors
Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education External

Focuses on federal and nationwide nonprofit programs for seniors. Topics include health care, consumer scams, losing a spouse or parent, finding senior care, elder abuse, and assistance with utilities, water bills, food, and other resources. Provides a message board where seniors nationwide can ask questions of legal experts.

MedlinePlus: Advance Directives
U.S. National Library of Medicine External

Summarizes advanced care directives for people with disabilities and seniors. Provides links to state-by-state downloadable forms to complete an advance care directive and a glossary of legal and medical terms.

Wills, Trusts, and Joint Accounts
University of Alabama Law School Legal Counsel for the Elderly External

Introduces the concepts of wills, trusts, and joint accounts. Includes information on relative costs, living trusts, and estate taxes.